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Wednesday, December 24

Final Day: 4 Hours of Free Holiday Parking | Embarcadero Center
Final Day: 4 Hours of Free Holiday Parking | Embarcadero Center

During the holidays, park for free at Embarcadero Center, when you shop, dine and skate at the outdoor Holiday Ice Rink. Embarcadero Center is offering free parking for up to four hours during the holiday season. 2014 Free Holiday Parking | Embarcadero Center Valid Dates: Friday, ...

GIF the Halls: Send a 100-foot Tall Animated Xmas Card | SF
Wednesday, December 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Market and 3rd Street
GIF the Halls: Send a 100-foot Tall Animated Xmas Card | SF

Blow away your loved ones by lighting up the walls of San Francisco with your xmas wishes, rather than sending a boring and impersonal traditional greeting card. GIF the Halls is a creative spin on the greeting cards of the future. WP Engine commissioned 7 ...

Thursday, December 25

The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland: Giant Chocolate Nutcrackers & Gingerbread Village | San Jose
Thursday, December 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Fairmont San Jose
The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland: Giant Chocolate Nutcrackers & Gingerbread Village | San Jose

Visit the real life, holiday-version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory with 6 foot tall giant chocolate nutcrackers, and a Gingerbread Village at The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland in San Jose. An array of holiday decorations will transform the lobby into a magical Winter Wonderland with two life size chocolate nutcrackers guarding a gingerbread display created by ...

Friday, December 26

Free Vegetarian Dinner Night | SF
Friday, December 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. John Episcopal Church
Free Vegetarian Dinner Night | SF

VolxKuche or Free-Cafe SF is a free supper club held on the second Friday and fourth Friday of the month with dinner served starting at 6 pm. The food will be vegan when possible, and always vegetarian. They often host live entertainment, so keep an eye out on ...

Saturday, December 27

Final Free Parking Day | Oakland
Saturday, December 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free parking, but stated time limits will still be enforced.
| All Over Oakland
Final Free Parking Day | Oakland

Leave your quarters at home (but bring your watch) and go shopping in Oakland during the holiday season every Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, plus Plaid Friday. The city of Oakland will offer free parking at meters and parking kiosks to encourage holiday shoppers ...

Free Parking in Downtown SF for Carpools | Saturdays in December
Saturday, December 27 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Cars with three people - 1 hour of free parking
| Sutter/Stockton Garage
Free Parking in Downtown SF for Carpools | Saturdays in December

The SFMTA wants you to bring your friends and family to Union Square and save on parking. Cars with 3 or more people will get 1 hour of free parking and cars of 4 or more people will get 2 hours of free parking at ...

City Star Party & Telescope Night | SF
Saturday, December 27 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Weather permitting. Please check the SFAA website for updated information.
| Secret Location (SF)
City Star Party & Telescope Night | SF

Please note, the location has yet to be determined. Please check back closer to the date for an update on the location.

Sunday, December 28

Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley
Sunday, December 28 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Firehouse Art Collective
Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley

The Mixed Media Mixer is a monthly event with the goal of bringing artists across many platforms together with the intention of collaboration. A new collection of Bay Area artists, musicians, photographers and videographers come together every last Sunday of the month at the Firehouse Art Events Hangar. Bring ...

’90s Simpsons Trivia Night & Watch Party | Mission Dist.
Sunday, December 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Knockout
'90s Simpsons Trivia Night & Watch Party | Mission Dist.

Love The Simpsons? Know The Simpsons like the back of your hand? Then join in ’90s Simpsons Trivia Night at The Knockout in the Mission District from 6-9 pm, every fourth Sunday of the month. Watch some ’90s Simpsons and answer some trivia if you ...

Wednesday, December 31

Free NYE Bowling & Canned Food Drive | Santa Cruz
Wednesday, December 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Limit one game per person per day. Does not include shoe rental ($3.52).
| Boardwalk Bowl
Free NYE Bowling & Canned Food Drive | Santa Cruz

How’s your bowling? Bring a can of food and bowl a free game at the Boardwalk Bowl in Santa Cruz from November 1 through December 31, 2014. All donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County to help feed hungry families. In past ...

2014 Holiday 3D Light Show: Final Day | Westfield SF
Wednesday, December 31 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Westfield San Francisco Centre
2014 Holiday 3D Light Show: Final Day | Westfield SF

Westfield’s iconic dome will come to life each night with a one-of-a-kind animated 3D light spectacular showing every half hour starting at 5 pm until 30 minutes prior to the mall’s closing.  Nutcracker Under the Dome is inspired by the real-life San Francisco Ballet’s production with choreography by ...

Winter Walk SF Final Day: Light Projections & Festive Open Plaza | Union Square
Wednesday, December 31 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Stockton & Ellis
Winter Walk SF Final Day: Light Projections & Festive Open Plaza | Union Square

Union Square SF Presents Winter Walk SF, a festive pedestrian-only downtown holiday plaza with a spectacular new Holiday Light Art Show, carolers, live music and Off the Grid food trucks. 2014 Winter Walk SF November 28 – December 31, 2014 Stockton St. Between Geary and Ellis, San ...

AAA Tipsy Tow: Free Car Tow Home | New Year’s Eve
Wednesday, December 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free tow up to 10 miles
| San Francisco Bay Area
AAA Tipsy Tow: Free Car Tow Home | New Year's Eve

AAA’s Tipsy Tow Program offers a free tow for drinking drivers in Northern California from 6 pm on most major holidays (read: popular times to get wasted) until 6 am the next morning, in Northern California, Nevada and Utah. And you don’t even have to be ...

NYE Punk Party: Ramones Tribute Night | The Riptide
Wednesday, December 31 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Riptide
NYE Punk Party: Ramones Tribute Night | The Riptide

1-2-3-4 into 2015 at the Riptide (a rustic honky-tonk by the beach built in 1941) with a hard and hot rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Remones USA, an Oakland-based Ramones cover band dedicated to preserving the formula and essence that made the Ramones live show …

Win Tix: A Tale of Two Cities NYE Party: Open Bar & French Casino | SF
Wednesday, December 31 – 9:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost, $99-200
| The Village San Francisco
A Tale of Two Cities NYE Party: Open Bar & French Casino | SF

Step back in time as San Francisco is transformed into vintage Paris and London, inspired by Charles Dickens’ literary masterpiece, A Tale of Two Cities.
The three floors of The Village will feature famous landmarks from Paris and London, beautiful backdrops, creative lighting, DJs and a …

Thursday, January 1

New Year’s Day Pacific Ocean Plunge | Ocean Beach
Thursday, January 1 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Taraval St)
New Year's Day Pacific Ocean Plunge | Ocean Beach

Take the plunge and dive fearlessly into 2015 for a polar beach swim into Ocean Beach on January 1, 2015.
Get the New Year started off freezing and right with The Riptide. Meet down at the end of Taraval at the beach at 11:30 am.
At noon, they’ll …

Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin
Thursday, January 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lower Polk / Gulch Corridor
Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin

The Upper TL Art Walk makes 15-20 galleries available late night to the public for an art walk every first Thursday from 6-10 pm. This is not a bar crawl. Each location is either a traditional gallery or a retail space with room dedicated to ...

Free “Barber’s Choice” Haircut Night | Lower Polk
Free

On the first Thursday of each month, in conjunction with the Lower Polk / TL Art Walk, Salana Salon offers free haircuts to gentlemen, as long as they are okay with it being Barber’s Choice. They’re planning on having a different theme cut every month, ...

Friday, January 2

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, January 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.
| Impact Hub Oakland
First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland

Impact Hub Oakland opens its doors every first Friday for free coworking all day from 9 am to 6 pm. Be productive and get work done, meet and collaborate with friends, pet a bunny, and enjoy a #SexySalad potluck lunch ($5 suggested donation for Soon-To-Be Members; ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, January 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Oakland Art Murmur is a group of nearly 30 galleries in Oakland that have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Every first Friday of the month, member galleries are open to the public from 6-9 pm. Additionally Telegraph above Grand and below 27th is closed ...

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, January 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | North Beach
North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF

On the first Friday of every month, over a dozen North Beach galleries, museums, bars, and restaurants stay open late for a self-guided First Fridays Art Crawl with special events to showcase the ever-growing collections of art and entertainment that diversify North Beach. First Fridays Art Crawl ...

First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland
Friday, January 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland

You had us at “burlesque” and “creepy puppets.” As Oakland Art Murmur winds down on your Friday night, find your way to the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9 pm for the perfectly strange after-party, The First Friday Follies burlesque show, a monthly free ...

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, January 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SoFA District (San Jose)
South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose

Join an eclectic evening of arts and culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (and beyond) every first Friday of the month. Come check out nearly 20 galleries, shops, bars and even a yoga studio  — all venues participating in South First Fridays, a free ...

100 Foot Tall Film Night | The Great Wall of Oakland
Friday, January 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Great Wall of Oakland
100 Foot Tall Film Night | The Great Wall of Oakland

For special events, and on every first Friday during Oakland Art Murmur, the Great Wall of Oakland, a 100 ′x 100′ projection installation, illuminates the Uptown District with cutting-edge motion art from around the world. The Great Wall of Oakland is located at the corner ...

San Francisco Bike Party | First Fridays
Friday, January 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (SF)
San Francisco Bike Party | First Fridays

San Francisco Bike Party (not to be confused with Critical Mass) is a monthly celebration of biking for riders of different ages, types, and skill levels to enjoy. Every month is a different theme and you’re encouraged to dress up. San Francisco Bike Party is held ...